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10 Key Features Every Agile Team Should Use in Jira | For Beginners

Hey community! 👋

Embarking on the Agile journey feels a lot like setting off on an epic adventure. And if Agile is the vast, exciting landscape, then Jira is that trusty backpack filled with everything you need to navigate it. I remember my first foray into Jira—while it's a powerhouse, it can be a bit daunting for newcomers. So, for those of you who are new to this terrain, I wanted to share a beginner-friendly roadmap. Here are ten key features that were absolute game-changers for me ->

1. Scrum and Kanban Boards

Think of these as your dynamic maps, guiding you through project milestones. Scrum is for those who love structured sprints, whereas Kanban is for those who prefer a steady stream of tasks.
Quick Tip: New to the scene? Try out both and see what aligns with your team's style.

 

2. Backlog Prioritization

Imagine this as your to-do list. But instead of mundane tasks like “buy milk”, you’re plotting the course of your next big project.
Quick Tip: A simple “Urgent”, “Important”, or “Later” tag system can save the day.

 

3. Sprint Planning Tools

It's your strategy room, where you plan your battles (or tasks) for the next sprint.
Quick Tip: It’s better to win small battles than to lose big ones. Start small, and ramp up over time.


4. Custom Workflows

Your team’s signature dance. Choreograph how tasks waltz from inception to completion.
Quick Tip: Don’t get too fancy at the start. Stick to the basics, then freestyle as you groove into Jira.


5. Real-time Chat and Comments

The bustling town square where everyone gathers to share updates and ideas.
Quick Tip: Regular chit-chats here can save hours of meetings later.


6. Reporting and Dashboards

Your telescope to the stars. Get a clear view of your project's trajectory.
Quick Tip: Familiarize yourself with burndown charts. They’re a quick pulse check on progress.


7. Bulk Change Tools

When you need to mobilize an army of tasks, this is your rally cry.
Quick Tip: Double-check before you hit ‘Apply’. A small oversight can lead to big changes.


8. Advanced Search (JQL)

Your treasure map. Dig deep and uncover hidden tasks and insights.
Quick Tip: Even if JQL sounds like tech wizardry now, give it a shot. It’s simpler than it sounds!


9. Permission Schemes

The guards at the castle gates. Decide who gets access to the kingdom's secrets.
Quick Tip: Keep things on a need-to-know basis to avoid too many cooks in the kitchen.


10. Integrations and Marketplace Add-ons

The magic potions and gadgets shop. Enhance Jira's powers with tools and integrations.
Quick Tip: Explore the Atlassian Marketplace. You never know what gem you might find.

Follow Jira Guru to learn more about Jira, A New article will be published every Wednesday.


Alright, fellow explorers, with these tools in your Jira backpack, you're all set for the journey ahead. And as you venture forth, remember—every seasoned adventurer was once a beginner. Embrace the adventure, learn from each misstep, and you'll be charting expert terrains in no time! Safe travels! 🌍🚀

 

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Bill Sheboy
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Oct 18, 2023

Thanks, @Teresa_DevSamurai 

And for a couple more...

Automation for Jira rules, to help teams reduce repeated, manual work tasks: https://support.atlassian.com/cloud-automation/docs/jira-cloud-automation/

And for Product Owners trying to manage ideation and road-mapping larger efforts, see Jira Product Discovery (JPD): https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/product-discovery

Kind regards,
Bill

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Teresa_DevSamurai
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Oct 18, 2023

Thanks for sharing, @Bill Sheboy  and we will discover so many more Jira features while working on it 

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